Margaret Walker: Pride of Britain

We are delighted to announce that Margaret Walker, founder of the Makaton Language Programme, has won the Pride of Britain, Special Recognition Award for her dedication to and creation of Makaton.

The ceremony was held on Monday 28th October.

Zanna Finnerty, Director of the Makaton Language Programme and Senior Makaton Tutor, attended the ceremony. She said:

Sue Sjuve, Zanna Finnerty, Terri Demir, Evren Demir, Margaret Walker, Ian Walker“It was a wonderful night celebrating people of all ages, who go above and beyond to enrich other people’s lives. Watching Margaret receive her award was one of my proudest moments. I was in a room with hundreds of celebrities but the fact I was there with Margaret was already my dream come true.

"As a surprise to Margaret I stood on the stage and taught the audience to sign a message of thanks. It was terrifying but an absolute honour to play a part in the tribute to the amazing Margaret Walker and have the opportunity to share the occasion with her.

Margaret Walker with Strictly Come Dancing stars"Much to my excitement the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing awarded Margaret with her trophy”

Please join us in sending our warmest congratulations to Margaret and to all of the other well-deserved winners.


See also: A brief history of Makaton, Margaret explains how Makaton was first developed

29th October 2019

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  • Tracy King
    21 November 2019 9:46

    Wonderful news! Margaret is a very inspirational lady who sees potential in all people. The Pride of Britain award, is very well deserved. Congratulations Margaret!

  • Margaret Parker
    09 January 2020 15:57

    Makaton Charity continues to be very beneficial to all who communicate with people who benefit from help with support from signing and interacting with people successfully. Thank you for all the innovations.